We have stayed here several time when traveling on Hwy 50 between Colorado and California. This time the manager was very surly at check-in and didn’t want to give us the space that we asked for, but finally gave in. The employee in charge of the RV park was much more pleasant. Space and interior roads are cement in poor condition in several places with a table and struggling grass/weeds in most spaces. There are several large shade trees but not in every space. There is traffic noise from Hwy 50 that is 100 yards away. You must leave a $5 deposit for a key to the restrooms that don’t appear to be cleaned on a daily basis. There is a gas station and convenience store on site. Cable TV is free and free WiFi is available in the store.
Great location for touring Colorado National Monument and Dinosaur Discovery Center. Easy access off I-70. This is a nice clean park close to restaurants and gas stations. It was over 100 degrees during our stay so we especially appreciated the small pool and spa. Spaces are gravel with a table in the usual close, side by side layout of many parks with only a few trees scattered around the park for shade. A little bit of grass between spaces would have been nice. Free wireless was for only 24hrs after which you must sign up and pay for service ($5) and was very sporadic. Management was very friendly. Even though the amenities were very basic we enjoyed our stay.
New owners don’t seem to know what’s going on, but they've definitely raised their rates. Everyone was accommodating at check-in but even after driving my husband around to show him available spaces, they didn’t know that the space he chose was 30amp instead of 50amp which we asked for. After setting up and then pointing out this error to them we had to move to another space. During check-in the owner’s 4 children were fighting and playing all around and behind the desk and later the owner was playing his loud radio in one site where he was working. At 9:30pm the owner escorted an RV into the space next to us. He parked in our space with his headlights shining into our bedroom window while shouting directions to the driver. 50% of the park appears to be permanent residents. Sites are nicely spaced dirt and gravel with huge shade trees. There is grass in many areas including the tent area but not in the overnight RV area. Traffic on dirt interior roads stirred up lots of dust. With no pool in this hot, windy area, no grass in the RV sites, and extra $ for cable TV, this park is way overpriced but it is a long way between towns. Their website says our space with cable is $43. I can only assume that because we didn’t have reservations we were charged $45 without cable. This park is a gold mine at the expense of the traveler but your other options are much less desirable.
Lots of grass, huge shade trees, free WiFi, big pool and clean restrooms all extremely well maintained. Sites in Section "B" are the shadiest but fills up first. Sites in Sections "E" & "F" are so close together that RV slides almost touch each other and each site shares grass with their neighbor. These spaces are also next to the playground, basketball court and cabins which tend to be noisy. This park is popular with ATV riders because the 260 mile Pauite Trail is just out the back of the park. We stayed in this park once before in June and really enjoyed it but not so much this time. The park itself if very nice. It just depends on which space you stay in, so pick carefully.
The best thing about this campground is it’s proximity to Glenwood Hot Springs, and at $35 it is the cheapest park in the area. The owner was friendly and very helpful volunteering good directions to the park when I called for reservations, and escorted us to our site. This park is on a hillside with close, narrow, terraced, mostly level dirt spaces. Trees shade most of the sites. There are many full time residents whose sites are very trashy and the park itself is full of weeds and has not been very well maintained. The restrooms are inconveniently located a long hike up the hill at the top of the terraces. This park overlooks noisy I-70 and is across from the train tracks. This is not a destination park but is OK for overnight.
Great location on the relaxing Elk Creek, in a gorge with many surrounding trees and interesting red cliffs. Poorly laid out campsites are close together and crammed with as many tents and RV’s in each site as possible. The day use area is in the middle of the overnight sites. No rules were enforced. Even the manager’s husband never had his dog on a leash as required. Off and on all day were unsupervised, screaming, rock throwing, cliff climbing children walking through and playing directly in front of our creekside site. We could not sit outside and enjoy the creek ourselves. The manager is very friendly but keeps erratic office hours so we had difficulty making a reservation, and upon our arrival we found that she had neglected to write down our reservation information. Luckily we arrived early enough that there was still space available. We planned to stay 4 days but left after 2. This park is a zoo. Perhaps it might be a better place on weekdays with fewer out of control campers. If you want a peaceful, relaxing visit as previous reviews refer to, don't stay in a site on the creek. But then why stay at Elk Creek without the creek?
We spent 4 days here while exploring Flaming Gorge and Dinosaur Nat’l Monument. This is a large park with grassy sites that unfortunately are very close together. Some sites are shaded by huge cottonwood trees and one row has cable TV although we got 21 channels with only our aerial. We camped in space #36 and our son was in premium (+$) space #37, which is the only one allowed to have both RV and tent. It is across from the pool, playground and mini golf that our grandkids loved, but near the noisy highway. The owners of the park went out of their way to successfully resolve several problems we encountered while staying here. The hosts were mostly friendly and helpful. Vernal is a nice, clean, small all-American town. You can find anything you may need within a few miles of the park.
Pick your own site and walk back to the office to pay an excessive rate according to the length of your RV. There are only 2 good things to say about this park, the ladies restroom was clean and the interior roads and parking pads are blacktop. Everything else is a negative. Dirt, weeds, lots of highway and train noise, trashy permanent residents in the overnight area, barking dogs tied outside to RV’s all day, and a dirty men’s restroom but it’s the only park in town. YUCK! I’d rather drive further than stay here again.
This rate is for golden age passport holders. The regular rate is $10. This is a BLM campground with electric hook-ups & the cleanest vault toilets that I have ever seen. Water and dump station are available. Table and fire pit at each site. Located next to the Green River on the high plains of Wyoming with lots of sagebrush, no trees and spectacular views of the Wind River Mountains. It can be very windy. We loved the very widely spaced pull-thrus, the total peace and quiet and watching the abundant wildlife. This campground was very deceiving as it was almost full by the end of the day.
I would have given this CG a lower rating if it weren’t for the $10 price for Golden Age Pass holders. The volunteers who work at check-in were great. Sites are side-ways pull-thrus in loops off main entrance near trees with fire pit and table. Separate camping loops for tents, RV with generators and RV without generators. Some campers ran their generators for hours so they could watch TV. Each loop has it’s own restroom. We camped in loop “K” where the restroom was old, dirty, & full of bugs with a constantly wet floor from a leaking toilet that was marked “out of order”. Showers are available at the nearby RV park for $. Ask for a family group discount.
This is your basic forest campground. Dirt sites and roads in the pine trees with fire pit and table at each site. Loop “C” has electric hook-ups. Water and dump station is available at the check-in board at entrance to CG. Easy walk to Lake Hebgen. The 2 mile dirt road into campground is very rough and dusty. Close location for exploring Yellowstone National Park and Earthquake Lake. Very friendly host from Loop “B” while host from Loop "C" who was camped next to us never spoke to us and let his dog run loose and bark at fellow campers.
Very open area with only a few shade trees. Easy pull-throughs on gravel with grass between sites. A few sites had a table. Free wireless. Mike the manager was very friendly but somewhat confusing on phone and at check-in. Good location to visit the Old Prison Museum Complex in Deer Lodge only a couple miles away. Lots of noise from freeway and trucks with engines running all night in nearby truck stop. Received coupon for $.02 off per gal at Conoco station next door.
This small campground behind a motel is one of the nicest maintained ones we have stayed in. Every site is manicured with grass, table, firepit and gravel parking. I find it hard to believe that they let RVs park on their beautiful grass. The interior roads are gravel and easy to navigate for larger RVs. There are large shade trees and shrubs throughout the park. The park itself looked to be fairly new or at least newly renovated and it appears that the owners are adding more spaces. The restrooms were immaculate although $1.25 for a 3 minute shower seemed a little high to me. A washer and dryer for $1.25 each have recently been added. The free WiFi was a nice feature as it rained most of the 3 days we were here although it is not secure. Cable TV would be a nice addition. There is some noise from the highway and nearby train but it didn’t bother us. One negative was the auto repair business right next to the site (#7) we were in which got somewhat noisy on several occasions but the park owners have done a good job with landscaping trying to screen it. Space #15 appears to be the best site for a better view. There are several restaurants in the small town of Trout Creek and a couple mini markets with limited groceries. The post office is directly across the street from the park as is Noxon Rapids Reservoir. There are several nearby access points to all the local lakes and rivers. 2 negatives: there are no leash rules for dogs and the tent sites are intermingled with the RV sites.
We loved this campground. It was so relaxing. The whole campground has large expanses of grass with big shade trees right on the Methow River . We stayed in space #15 where we pulled in forward so that we were able to watch the river flow by, from our front windshield. Parking is on gravel with a table and firepit on the grass. There are 2 laundry rooms and bathrooms w/showers for $, a clubroom and group BBQ area. TV reception consisted of about 8 channels with only an aerial. Wireless connection is security enabled. There is some highway noise that quiets down at night. The owners live on site and were friendly at check-in and helpful in answering our questions. We were escorted to our site by a gentlemen who told us about all there was to see and do in the area; Saturday Farmer’s Market in Twisp, nearby Smokejumpers Training Center tours and the replica old western town of Winthrop. Also, the not to miss beautiful drive up over Washington Pass. This park would be a 10 if the permanent resident sites and areas around buildings were better maintained.
This is a huge grassy, treed park with all back-in spaces arranged on circular drives. The interior roads are blacktop and easy to navigate for big rigs. Sites are blacktop with table and firepit. There are hiking trails from the campground to the nearby massive rock mesas and it is an easy drive to Coulee Dam Visitor's Center and tours. Because this campground is extremely popular for fishing, water and jet skiing I recommend reservations. The strange check-in process requires you wait at the ranger station until 2:30pm to be assigned a space if you do not have reservations. If you do have reservations, you must return to the ranger station after setting up in your space to check-in. Otherwise the rules and regulations of the park are not enforced. Loose dogs, trailers parked and tents pitched on the grass, loud music and parties were never questioned. It’s a beautiful park but if you want peace and quiet you won’t find it here.
I-5, exit #287 north of Redding. We have stayed overnight at this park at least 4 times. It is a clean, well kept park convenient to travel through Northern California. Check in was made easy by a friendly couple who did their best to give us the type of site we requested. Each space is terraced and has a narrow grassy area w/picnic table on fairly level cement parking pad but close to the next space. There are many large trees located throughout the park and the pool is well kept and refreshing, which is nice during the extremely hot summer days in that area. There are several dozen permanent residents separated from the overnighters, but even those spaces are neat and well maintained. The restrooms/showers are very clean and free. The cable TV offers numerous channels but there is no wireless service. The free continental breakfast consists of coffee and grocery store packaged donuts/raisin bread/bagels which were gone by the time we went to get some at 8:15AM. There is some highway noise but that didn't bother us. No wireless, the highway noise and a skimpy continental breakfast makes this park an 8.
We stayed here during "Stay Oregon State Park" day for (free). We were even given a free hot dog dinner for this event the first night we camped. This park is divided into 2 sections 5 miles apart. Deschutes is in the canyon down a long, winding road & across a narrow bridge. As previously mentioned it looked a little dusty and the spaces close together. Crooked River is at the top of the canyon surrounded by green fields and awesome views of the mountains with beautiful expanses of grass, large shade trees and very wide spaces. We had reservations at Deschutes but the very helpful ranger on duty cheerfully changed them to Crooked River for us when we arrived. This is one of the loveliest CG we have ever stayed in. Rangers and hosts keep a close watch on the park and go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one. Beware this CG is very popular with large groups of partying boaters especially on the weekends. Other than that it would be a wonderfully peaceful place to stay during the week.
Located on Hwy 97, 5 miles north of the intersection with Hwy 62. Oregon state parks are always a good value for the money. Collier is no exception. The spaces are fairly well spaced with blacktop sites among the pine and aspen trees on a first come basis. There are easy walking trails from the campground along the nearby Williamson River and beautiful Spring Creek which leads to the Collier Memorial Logging Museum where you can stroll among the many old log cabins and logging machinery or cast a line to try your luck at fishing. Towards evening the camp host came around to inform us that the next day was free camping in honor of "Stay Oregon Parks Day". WOW, you can't beat that for showing customer appreciation. The restrooms were dated but clean. We did not use the shower facilities.
The staff at check-in had an indifferent attitude, did not point out any of the amenities of the park and gave us a back-in site instead of a pull-through as requested, but it worked out fine. We were in space #101 on the south side of the park which was quiet, close to the internet tower and had nice grass all around with lots of room between spaces. There is a $2 charge for cable TV hook-up. We did not use any of the park's extra facilities. I would have given this park higher marks if the staff had been friendlier.
This rate is based on the monthly rate for the space in which we stayed. If you stay for a month you are also charged for your electrical usage. We found this park one summer while looking for the KOA next door and decided to try it because it looked clean and well maintained. We liked it so much we returned the following three winters for 1-2 months each time as they have a strong snowbird population. It is one of the nicest parks in which we have ever stayed. The owners and hosts are very helpful and friendly. The spaces are clean with tall oleanders and a couple trees between each space for privacy. Each space also has a large cement patio. The spaces are all gravel mostly pull-through sites. The sound from vehicles passing on the gravel road throughout the park can sometimes be very noisy. TV reception is fair with only a rooftop aerial but most folks have satellite. There is an unheated pool, laundry facilities, horseshoe pit, & clubroom. There are many activities if you want to participate but beware they mostly involve $. During the winter there is a music jam every other Saturday, a couple potluck dinners each month, crafts and a golfing group once a week. There are limited spaces available for overnighters which fill up fast so be sure to call well in advance for reservations. We are very disappointed in the new policy for snowbirds effective for the year 2011. They will not take reservations for less than 3 months stay. Unfortunately because of that we will not return next year. We will miss the park and all the friends we have made over the years.
We stayed here 4 nights while visiting Joshua Tree Nat'l Park. It is very convenient to the visitor center and the northern entrance to the park. It is the only RV park in town so we didn't have much choice. It was OK for that purpose but I wouldn't have stayed here otherwise. When I called to make reservations the lady I talked to couldn't have been nicer, but actual check-in was rather tedious as the office person was otherwise engaged in arguing with a tenant about how much rent he owed. If was a full 5 minutes before she acknowledged my presence. Our site was a pull-through on broken black top with no vegetation, no view, noise due to the nearby highway and very close to our neighbor, although we were able to put out our awning. The park has a lot of permanent spots where people live full time, return year after year to the same space or rent one of the cottages while working at a nearby job site. Half of these sites were the only ones with shade, but appeared to be even closer together. There were tents, storage sheds, boats and lots of junk sitting around in these spaces. There appears to be lots of activities in the nice club house although we didn't participate. Tennis courts and a golf course are within easy walking distance and there is an indoor pool along with a huge laundry facility. Beware, the entrance to the park has been re-routed around the back side of the park due to a deep gutter drop off at the original entrance. We also used the re-route to exit the park so as not to drag the back of our motorhome and toad. We would not stay here again unless we were again visiting the park. It is overpriced for what you get.
We have stayed at this park overnight twice every year for the past 2 years when traveling between Northern Calif and Arizona each winter. We were pleased to find a park which allows us to bypass the congestion through Bakersfield. It is right off Hwy 99 and also convenient to I-5 when traveling east to west through the small town of Arvin. The park is very clean with easy pull-through, wide, gravel sites even though there are many fulltime residents. The office has a small selection of groceries and movie rentals and the staff is friendly.